"On Becoming Part of the Food Chain: Yosemite" Top 5 Page for this destination Yosemite National Park by richiecdisc

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Yosemite joins perhaps only Yellowstone in pedigree when it comes to US National Parks. Part of the young nation's psyche from their inception in the late 1800s, they were grand proof that new ideas about democracy could lead to enlightened perception when it came to land as something not only precious monetarily but also for the soul and thus in need of preservation. As hard as it is to fathom today, these were new ideas and quite possibly will be looked back on as the United States greatest contribution to society.

easy to see why it is popular

Yosemite's popularity is unsurprisingly as grandiose as its lineage. Few one-word names conjure such powerful images and even in an increasingly information driven society, it calls boldly for all to come and enjoy the great outdoors, leaving the mundane behind. Couple this draw with the park's proximity to a large population and it spells the word crowded just as loudly. With a huge tract of the Sierra Nevada range as its spine, a verdant old growth forest, and numerous spectacular waterfalls for dazzle, it's not hard to see what all the fuss is about. Accordingly, it is quite possibly the most developed wilderness in the world with an extensive network of trails criss-crossing its 1200 square miles and a reservation system on a par with Disney World. Some would argue that it is overrun with people but the truth is people have always been drawn here, from Native Americans to Gold Rush settlers, to early park pioneers who founded a National Park ideology around it.

find what John Muir did

So, what can you do to enjoy Yosemite National Park in a little of the solitude that John Muir found over a 100 years ago? You can go to spots not quite as famous, not quite as popular. Hike high and deep just as he did. Only 5% of the park is accessible by road so there's a lot of room to get lost. But after you do get lost, you should come back to the masses and enjoy that camaraderie too. It is after all a place to share. It is part of an American heritage that hopefully will never die. To understand that as a people will help raise our awareness to preserve not only these parks but our planet as well.

  • Last visit to Yosemite National Park: Jun 2008
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Feb 4, 2011 at 11:08 PM

    Ripping yarn. I'm finally going to the States but, unfortunately, 2/3ds will be on a bus tour to appease she-he-must-be-obeyed. Still I'm going to see (briefly) a lot of the national parks.

  • sandysmith's Profile Photo
    Nov 26, 2009 at 6:01 AM

    think I could spend a month here!!...but not those hard straight up climbs or cables. Great photos (do you have polariser on?)

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Nov 20, 2009 at 4:40 AM

    Oh wow, I had to get to "your" Yosemite sooner or later and I'm so glad I finally made it. You have more than done justice to the place where we fell in love with the US Nat Parks system, and have immersed us all in it as only you can :-)

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Oct 23, 2009 at 9:48 PM

    Richie & D, this is the most fantastic page I have ever seen on VT! Your photos and descriptions of your adventures are out of this world! I've never seen anything that compares to the beauty you have shown us on this page.

  • Oct 16, 2009 at 12:40 PM

    Fantastic place, great nature, beautiful landscapes and interesting wildlife :)) Some great photos here :)

  • Sep 29, 2009 at 11:28 PM

    finally a quiet day at work to explore this page! well worth the wait! stunning photography, and awesome descriptions. how i would love to hike in yosemite! cheers richie, job well done.

  • mircaskirca's Profile Photo
    Sep 26, 2009 at 11:33 AM

    Wow, Richie!! Amazing page of a very beautiful area!! It took me a while to go through but I really enjoyed it, especially the Fondest Memories :) How nice to have such great company! Oh, I see you made some new friends on the way - bears and mozzies ;))

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Sep 24, 2009 at 11:00 PM

    Oh wow, magic!! Congrats for having climed that rock! Your photos are amazing and I never saw the dome puffing before :-) Oh and there is even "my" cabin, the one at Wawona :-) D's photo at the rock top tip is amazing!!! Love it!!


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